Building Better Opportunities – The Working Well Project Carlisle and Eden
Riverside has been granted funds from the Big Lottery and European Social Fund for a project to deliver new ways to work with individuals who are facing multiple and complex barriers to employment.
What is the project about?
We will be working in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers, Impact Housing and Workers Educational Association to offer individual and group based packages on a voluntary basis up until March 2019.
This project moves away from just information, advice and guidance, providing opportunities to develop confidence and competencies through a range of experiential and practical situations through on the job training.
We will be engaging with people by identifying what support is needed to address individual barriers and challenges. Then create bespoke training and work experience to improve employability and opportunities to access work.
Who is it open to?
The project is only funded for people across Carlisle and Eden, who struggle to find work and manage their finances. Focusing in on the Belle Vue, Botcherby Castle, Denton Holme, Morton, St Aidans, Upperby, Alston Moor, Penrith East and West areas.
What we are looking to achieve
We want to engage with 258 people by March 2019. At the end of their programme participates will have the confidence and will be able to demonstrate:
- improvements in their health and wellbeing,
- greater confidence in managing their finances,
- a more active role in their community,
- active engagement with employment or training,
- ability and awareness of how to improve local service delivery.
How can you get involved?
Our Employment and Training Team in the North Region will be working with our customers who fit the criteria and will be in touch with them. You can also contact the project officer on 0345 111 0000 if you would like to find out more.
Focus has been on supporting the mental health of participants. Together with Healthy Hopes weekly session in both Carlisle and Penrith to focus on supporting the health and wellbeing of the participants.
Topics being covered include:
- Dealing with stress and coping strategies
- Coping with anxiety and panic attacks
- Feeling more positive about yourself and the future
- Dealing with change and building resilience
- Building confidence and self esteem
The feedback from participants, keyworkers and the Healthy Hopes team has been fantastic and attendance at sessions is growing each week!
Through out April the Working well project will deliver series of activities for customers who would like to be involved. Click to find more BBO Working Well Activity Calendar_Apr19.